Wedding Color Combinations: Sweet Lilac and Margarita

Pink and green is always a winning combo for weddings, but for 2012 and 2013, this combination has gotten a major overhaul. Instead of the bright pinks and greens of years past, we’re seeing more and more sweet lilac, a pale pinkish purple, paired with margarita, a muted lime green. Sweet lilac and margarita is a subtle combo – and one that works wonderfully with white as a backdrop or on its own.

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Here, we have a hypothetical bride wearing a white trumpet gown from the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012 collection. She accessorized this gorgeous dress with a pearl and crystal bridal jewelry set in green that will coordinate perfectly with her bridesmaids, who are wearing Lela Rose bridesmaids dresses in pink and clover.

And they will coordinate perfectly with everything else! The décor, for instance, features a color blocked table that puts the sweet lilac and margarita color palette at center stage. And as for the wedding cake, it’s all about cupcakes – margarita and subtle lavender flavors are sweet without being cloying.

We actually think that’s also a great way to describe this color palette. Sweet lilac and margarita are feminine and sweet without being overpoweringly girly. It works for springtime, but isn’t so springy you can’t make it the color scheme for your summer wedding or autumn wedding.

What’s not to love?

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Accenting Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year

Do you get excited for Pantone’s color of the year? Last year, it was Honeysuckle – a surprising dusty pink. This year? It’s Tangerine Tango, a vivacious and appealing reddish orange. It’s a color that provides an instant energy boost. An exciting color. And one that is sure to warm you up, even if yours will be a winter wedding.

Plus, did we mention that bridesmaids look great in Tangerine Tango? It’s one of those mysterious colors that work amazingly well with any skin tone or hair hue.

The only problem that some brides who want to outfit their bridesmaids in Tangerine Tango may run into is accessorizing it. That’s where you have two options. The first is letting the tangerine take center stage and choosing crystal bridesmaid jewelry that will sparkle, but purposely underwhelm. The color is the star – the jewelry plays a backup role. The second is color blocking, aka pairing Tangerine Tango with complimentary (and sometimes surprising) colors like blue or purple.

Here are three bridesmaid looks that incorporate Pantone’s color of the year, pairing it with classic pearl bridesmaid jewelry, navy bridesmaid accessories, and if you can believe it, deep purple bridesmaid jewelry!

In the upper right, we took a saucy Tangerine Tango Alfred Sung bridesmaid dress and accessorized it with gorgeous deep purple bridesmaid jewelry and a beautiful purple clutch (that would make a great bridesmaids gift, hint hint). In the bottom right, an elegant example of After Six bridesmaids dresses gets the blue treatment with navy pearl bridesmaid jewelry and a pair of amazing heels from Badgley Mischka.

And finally, to show off how amazing Tangerine Tango can be as a showpiece color, we took classic touches like a white satin bridal handbag, a pearl bridal ring, a pearl bridal jewelry set, and a simple pearl hair comb and let them highlight the beauty of this versatile color.

All this works because even though Tangerine Tango is an incredibly vibrant color, it also works as a neutral.

What do you think of Tangerine Tango, anyway? Do you love it? Hate it? Think it’s just coral all dressed up?

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Forget Something New, Something Old Is Where It’s At!

Old Hollywood style can be seen all over celebs these days, and you know that whatever we’re seeing on the red carpet will make its way into the wedding world soon enough! Nowadays, brides are gushing over vintage everything, whether that means a sleeves that would have been at home in the 1930s, a ballet length wedding dress straight out of the 1950s, borrowed vintage wedding accessories from the 1960s, or 1980s glam sequins from head to toe.

Anything goes, as long as it’s something your mother, grandmother, or great grandmother would have loved!

Let’s start with your accessories. Bird cage veils are still a fun and flirty option for brides who want the feel of a veil without the weight of one. For a surprising take on the bird cage veil, a feather bridal hat paired with a cage veil is one way to wear it. Not a bridal veil (or bridal hat) fan? A crystal hair brooch is a glamorous vintage-look choice that can give your wedding hairstyle some sparkle! Vintage bridal jewelry is still IN, which means that you can easily find accessories that would look right at home in almost any era. Need even more? Top everything off with a vintage crystal brooch on your bodice!

For your bridesmaids, sleeves are still a surprising choice, but unless you’re getting married in the height of summer, they may be a welcome one. We’ve seen sleeves on everyone from Angelina Jolie to Anne Hathaway to Leighton Meester, and wedding dresses are once again getting the sleeve treatment. Our guess? Bridesmaids dresses with sleeves can’t be far behind!

Now how about incorporating vintage flair into your wedding itself? One idea we love also incorporates family (which is why we love it). At your reception, have a table just for displaying pictures of your ancestors – their wedding photos, if possible. Vintage and vintage-look frames can be found at thrift stores and flea markets, and if you have the time, a quick coat of paint and some glaze can give any picture frame a retro look that coordinates with your wedding colors.

So now you tell us – are you loving the vintage wedding accessories thing as much as we are? How are you incorporating vintage touches into your bridal look?

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Forever Floral: Bridesmaid Dresses Decked Out with Flowers are Here to Stay?

Last year’s spring wedding fashion season brought with it an interesting botanical twist… wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses with floral embellishments and floral patterns that were unlike anything seen before. This was not your delicate, tiny floral print that would only be obvious to someone giving the wearer a squeeze or itty-bitty rosettes. Runways all over the U.S. and beyond played host to gowns that looked like giant blossoms and overt prints. As always, the ferocity of the runway was realized in a somewhat less blatant form in playful floral embellishments and other toned down frippery.

And we’re not shy about admitting we loved it. To see all things floral – bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, and more – take center stage was absolutely delightful! Of course, we also had to wonder whether the trend for florals would persevere and stand the test of time or fade away as so many bridal trends do. Right now, only just into 2012, it feels like it may just be too early to tell. Designers are still producing beautiful floral bridesmaid dresses botanically inspired bridal jewelry, and finding new ways to integrate nature into their designs.

Personally, we don’t see the patterned bridesmaid dress trend as one that did or will every really take off. Which is a shame, but the brides have spoken! Where we do see flowers living on is in floral embellishments on bridesmaids’ dresses from a wide variety of designers and in floral bridal jewelry, too. Are the blossoms we’re seeing on actual bridesmaids as striking as the ones we saw last year on the runway? Of course not. But they’re there, in oversized rosettes and other floral embellishments on shoulders and waists, on bridal belts and in headbands, and sometimes on places you’d never expect, like shoes!

So when it comes to whether flowers are forever, we may not shout a resounding yes – but we’ll happily admit that floral bridesmaid dresses and all that good stuff are for right now. What do you think about florals on bridesmaids? Is this a trend with staying power or are you already over it?

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Bold Bridal Jewelry Sets are About Getting Comfortable with Color

Brides, are you still looking for that perfect something blue? (Or pink or red or purple…?) Then have we got news for you. Color, once the sole territory of attendants, is not just for bridesmaids anymore! As more and more brides-to-be look to make a statement with unique, playful, and funky bridal jewelry sets, color has slowly but surely crept in to the daring bride’s arsenal of accessories.

That doesn’t mean it’s easy to think in color! Over the past year, brides have come to us with a lot of questions about the new bolder bridal jewelry on the market today. A common query: How are colored bridal jewelry sets worn… and with what and by whom?

Trust us, we understand the average bride’s misgivings. She has a color scheme picked out, but when she envisions her own wedding day look, she sees the white and she sees the sparkle, but color hasn’t come into play. That doesn’t mean she’s afraid of color, however. Far from it! Her concern is not with choosing her colors – trust us, she’s got that down – but how to use them when it comes to her jewelry.

Blue bridal jewelry might seem like a no-brainer – the aforementioned something blue – but red bridal jewelry? Black bridal jewelry? Green bridal jewelry? Aren’t those just too bold for the bride on the street? We say no! Weddings in 2012, no matter what the budget, are becoming more original and more interesting than ever before. Today’s brides-to-be aren’t willing to settle for a wedding that looks like a clone of a 2011 wedding or *gasp* a 2005 wedding. They’ll settle for nothing less than a creative and innovative look that’s not going to be an echo of the weddings of yesteryear.

For those brides-to-be who are still a little in awe of colored bridal jewelry sets and what to do with them, let us offer up some advice that piggybacks on our article about 2012 wedding trends. When colored bridal jewelry feels a little too bold a statement for your ceremony, pull a switcheroo. Before you and your new spouse are introduced at the reception, that’s when you don the pink bridal jewelry or the purple bridal jewelry. That way, you not only get to make a bold statement, you also get to rock the two look 2012 wedding trend without having to buy a second dress.

Does that sound like you? Are you planning on doing a bridal jewelry quick change before your reception? Or planning to go ultra bold with colored bridal jewelry?

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Top Trends for Bridal Accessories (2012 Edition)

Crystal Pageantry Jewelry Set
JS-528 Crystal Pageantry Jewelry Set

This is going to be an exciting year for bridal accessories. Whether it’s jewelry or wedding hair accessories 2012 trends are all about creating a personalized, one-of-a-kind look. Sure, everyone talks about the wedding dress, but it’s the right bridal accessories, that really complete the bride’s wedding day garb. Read on to find out how the 2012 trends can help you create a bold statement that really says – “WOW… Here comes the bride!”

1. Color, a Little or a Lot

The hottest word in bridal accessories is color. Forget white on white with white, or even a touch of cream, 2012 is all about bold hues. Think a fuchsia belt or a peacock feather fascinator. Many brides are showing some “peek-a-boo” color with bright red or purple shoes. Jewelry is also getting a makeover, with brides choosing wedding baubles in a fantastic array of colors, adding a strong element of personality, fun, and a modern twist to the traditional bridal ensemble. The hottest color accent trend for 2012? Definitely black! I’ve fallen in love with black sashes and black birdcage veils, for starters.

2. Make a Statement with Statement Necklaces

One of my favorite 2012 trends for bridal accessories is the statement necklace. I love them, because this is where accessories meet fun. Brides can really create a “one-of-a kind” look with these exquisite pieces – be they funky, bright, cheeky, or unusual. A stand-out statement necklace gives the bride a real couture, high-fashion look. My favorites? Anything with bold colors and textures or long layers, and pearl and crystal necklaces!

Bliss Swarovski Side Headband
TI-3062 Bliss Swarovski Side Headband

3. Headbands Among the Top Bridal Accessories

Say goodbye to tiaras, headbands are the new standard in feminine, playful wedding hair accessories. And now they’re available in so many interesting and beautiful options. Ribbon headbands with rhinestone and crystal embellishments… headbands with a side embellishment are a modern chic twist! There are so many options: rhodium plating, with crystals or oversized, chunky rhinestones in intricate floral and geometric patterns. Even silk flowers and feathers are showing up on headbands, in fun colors, too.

4. Veils Are Back

As far as bridal accessories go, there may be nothing more traditional than the veil, but today’s veils are cut from a different cloth. 2012 brides are opting for shorter, updated veils. Birdcage veils are still wildly popular and give you an automatic vintage glam look. But let’s not forget that Kate Middleton also helped to bring back the longer, lacier veil styles, which means that 2012 trends for veils are going to be both short and long!

Large Couture Wedding Brooch
JP-1147 Large Couture Wedding Brooch

5. Not Your Gram’s Brooch

Brooches stodgy? Hush your mouth. I’m not talking about your grandmother’s brooch here. This year’s crop of brides-to-be is finding creative ways to incorporate these heirloom bridal accessories into their ensembles. Wear them as wedding hair accessories, on your bridal belt, on your gown for that signature sparkle, or even as shoe clips! And pssst, brooches make amazing bridesmaid gifts!

6. Did I Mention Bridal Belts?

This is one trend that has come a long way, baby. Once an anomaly in the bridal accessory world, bridal belts are now taking their place front and center among sashes as a simple, glitzy way to “dress-up” a simple wedding gown. Bridal belts are the ultimate in versatility… dress your look up with a rhinestone-embellished sash or get romantic with a cluster of soft, blush silk roses. Contrasting fabrics, eye-catching colors, and unusual designs can make a statement no wedding dress can make on its own. As for color, I love a black or champagne sash embellished with chunky stones, pearls and even lace!

7. It’s All About Vintage Style

We’ve mentioned birdcage veils, bridal belts, and brooches, all of which could be found gracing brides three generations ago. Vintage style? Still in. This has been on my trend list for three years running, and it has made the 2012 trends list, too, telling me vintage isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Think lacy patterns in rich rhodium plating, accented with hand-cut Swarovski crystals, intricate beading and huge, breathtaking rhinestones, chunky pearls, all entwined in an asymmetrical pattern.  With all this and more, how can you not love vintage-style?

And now, for a bonus 2012 trend. I’ve been seeing a strong, growing trend that has brides-to-be shopping for not one, but two bridal looks. As in a formal ensemble for the ceremony and a fun, sexier look for the reception. The double dress trend that seemed so unusual in 2010 is now almost the norm – but still an overly pricey option for most. That’s where bridal accessories come in. Your jewelry, your wedding hair accessories, and your shoes can take your wedding dress from day to night, from formal to casual… in other words, from ceremony to reception! Need an example? Picture a long, lacey veil for the ceremony paired with an elegant set of pearls. A quick change before the reception, off comes the veil and pearls, and add a pair of bold chandelier earrings along with a stunning side comb or fun feather accent. Voila! You get the double dress effect, without the cost of a second dress. Now that’s a trend everyone can admire!

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